Pabna, Sunday, April 18, 2009
The traditional annual Charak festival was held recently amidst much festivity at the Bothor village in Chatmohar upazila under Pabna district. The three- day long festival marked the end of the Bangla year 1415. Bothor Shib Mandir was the organiser of the festival.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva (Shib) emanated a message of freedom to the humankind under a Charak tree.
With modest and humble beginnings, the festival is now celebrated by the masses and elites alike. On this auspicious event, devotees pay their homage to the Divine by offering milk and sugar and placing wreathes at the base of the Charak tree. This particular tree is in front of the Bothor Shib Mandir. Devotees from other areas of the country and abroad, too, come to this festival every year.
“The Charak festival begins on Chaitra 30 of the Bangla calendar and ends with the celebration of Pahela Baishakh,” says Ashok Kumar Shaha, president of Bothor Shib Mandir and also the president of the Charak festival. The celebrations did not end here -- as in previous years; a fair was organised at the temple premises, he added.